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Small Business Saturday 2021


Small Business Saturday returns on 4 December; the national campaign highlights the importance of SMEs to the local economy.

We are beginning to prepare for Small Business Saturday 2021 and want to encourage as many small businesses as possible across North Kesteven to get involved.

Last year a number of retailers offered a special discount for the day to encourage people to shop and support local businesses. We, in turn, promoted the offers and retailers via our social media channels.

If you wish to get involved in the national campaign you can sign up to the small business finder here, please also let us know you are taking part by emailing so we can promote your business.

Lincolnshire Peer Networks

Peer networks

Peer Networks is a national, peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Cohorts are made up of up to 11 local entrepreneurs benefitting from group coaching and 1-2-1 support.

SMEs in Lincolnshire are encouraged to be part of the upcoming Peer Networks Programme, which helps local entrepreneurs work together to solve common business challenges. 

The groups will be focussed on high growth business across all sectors and will kick off on Tuesday 26th October, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, followed by a women's peer network starting on Friday 12th November, 9.30am - 12.30pm. 

For more information and to reserve your place please contact

The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Farm for the Future Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund are inviting farm businesses to join their Farm for the Future programme, which is being delivered both virtually and by local Farm Support Groups in 11 regions across England and funded by Defra. The programme will help farms to better understand how the Agricultural Transition Plan will affect the future of their business.

Farm for the Future will provide business support so farmers can manage the upcoming changes and make informed decisions about their future and discover opportunities with the ELM schemes that may financially and practically benefit the farm. The programme consists of a welcome meeting, two workshops and one to one support.

Any tenant or owner-occupied farm currently in receipt of BPS in England is eligible to join. For more information and to express interest in taking part please see here.

The eCargo Bike Grant Fund 2021/22

£400,000 has been made available by the Department for Transport in 2021/22 for the purchase of ecargo bikes, to support businesses switching to a sustainable transport solution.

  • Funding covers up to 40% of the total cost of an ecargo bike, up to a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models.
  • Applications will be capped at five bikes per organisation. Larger applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications may include more than one organisation. In these joint ‘high-street’ applications, a lead applicant will be responsible for submitting the application.

For more information please see the Eligibility Criteria and Code of Practice. Please note the application deadline is 14 December 2021.

ARG Start-Up Grant

The ARG Start-Up Grant is still open for applications; this support is available to businesses established on or after 12 April 2021. We are accepting applications from all sectors however priority will be given to those businesses that operate or will look to operate within the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure sectors.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit a Business and Financial Plan which will be assessed by qualified business advisors who will work with you to support and drive your business forward. Applicants should be in a position to match-fund any potential award amount. Grants can only be awarded to businesses at point of trading.

Please click here to view the Start-Up Grant policy to ensure you are eligible. To apply for the ARG Start-Up Grant please click here.

Greater Lincolnshire Online Jobs Fair

Greater Lincolnshire LEP's next online jobs fair will take place on Wednesday 27 October 10am-1pm. Exhibitors can register free of charge here and visitors can join the fair free of charge on the day here.

Free support for North Kesteven businesses

The Council offers the service of a Business Support Adviser, Phil Means. Phil can assist businesses and provide bespoke advice and support.

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice please contact him. Either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email

Webinars for the week ahead

18/10/2021 17:00-19:00 Aerospace UP Networking Event

13/10/2021 12:00-13:00  Business Lincolnshire Live – Episode #6 – Driving Growth Through Exporting

21/10/2021 08:30-10:30 Adapt, Survive, Thrive: Local Initiatives With Global Impact

21/10/2021 11:30-13:00 The Low-Carbon Diet Plan: Sustainable Food Solutions

21/10/2021 14:00-16:00 ChamberConnect: P.A.N.D.A. the Effective Relationships Process Workshop

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